U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal are calling on Metro-North to fully investigate Wednesday night’s derailment of a train at Grand Central Terminal, saying more must be done to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management said residents impacted by Wednesday’s flooding should contact 311 to report damage to their homes or businesses. New Yorkers can also report any damage at nyc.gov/311.
Flooding and other storm damage left by heavy rains Wednesday caused transit problems Thursday for commuters.
There were 139 violations since 2004, Blumenthal said. Per 100 miles of track, Metro-North had five times the number of safety defects than any other commuter railroad in the country, he added.
Metro-North’s new president Joseph Giulietti, who took over earlier this year, has said the railroad will put safety as the top priority over being on time.
Bedford Park in the Bronx was on record with the highest snow total at 11.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Central Park recorded 6 inches of snow.
The stepped-up effort comes two weeks after a deadly Metro-North train derailment.
The MTA said the new protections will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and automatically apply the train’s emergency brakes if speed is not lowered to the 30 mph maximum in the curve.
Safety officials have championed what’s known as positive train control technology for decades, but the railroad industry has sought to postpone having to install it because of the high cost and technological issues.
Commuters are advised to expect some possible delays
The Metro-North train that derailed while rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx was traveling at 82 mph at the time, a federal official said Monday.
Nearly two weeks after a failed electrical circuit cut power to the New Haven line, service returned to a full schedule of trains for rush-hour Monday morning to Grand Central Terminal.
Crews were preparing this weekend for the full resumption of service on the Metro-North New Haven Line, nearly two weeks after a power meltdown caused a major service disruption.
Metro-North will conduct a test running trains on the rails this weekend as the final stage to ensure the repairs were successful.
The railroad says all trains are running with scattered delays of up to 15 minutes until 10 p.m. After 10 p.m., bus service will connect commuters to shuttle train service.